Exercise and the Older Adult

About 15% of the Philippine population is 50 years and older. According to the Commission on Population, Filipinos are living longer but remain to be in poor health. Though the life span of Filipino males (67 years) and females (72 years) are now longer due to modern medicine and technology, their quality of life did not improve.

As we grow older, the quality of life starts diminishing. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) states the quality of life can be measured by one’s ability to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and eating but these regular routines may become difficult as one gets older. Progressive aging manifests itself with signs like reduction in bone and muscle mass, sensory changes, and less coordination. And as we age, all the things we must do to stay healthy become even more important. We need to eat the right food. Quit smoking. Consume alcoholic beverages moderately and with precaution. Stay active.

However, maintaining an active lifestyle becomes a challenge for most. Older people tend to frown on having to start a fitness regimen and would argue that they need to take it easy and slow down further as they age. The exact opposite is true. With regular exercise, an elderly will find oneself with more energy than ever before as his/her health and fitness level increases.

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